Chiefs news for 14 August 2020
The deal with Travis Kelce is done, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports, with the tight end agreeing to a four-year, $57 million extension. Kelce is entering the fourth year of a five-year contract set to make base salaries of $8 million in 2020 and $7.75 million in 2021. The new deal ties him to the Chiefs for the next six seasons.
In case there was any doubt at this point, Travis Kelce will retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. With a new long-term contract extension, the All-Pro tight end is expected to stick around K.C. for the next six seasons, per ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler.
Thursday, August 13th was a big pay-day for two of the NFL’s best tight ends. Both Travis Kelce and George Kittle signed monster, five-year contract extensions with their respective teams. Kittle was the first to agree to a $75 million extension with the 49ers. Shortly after that deal was announced the Chiefs agreed to a four-year extension with Kelce. Both the Chiefs and 49ers met each other in this year’s Super Bowl. Kelce was on the winning end of that battle catching six passes for 43 yards, a touchdown and of course the Lombardi Trophy, while Kittle caught four passes for 36 yards. Kittle turns 27-years-old in October while Kelce turns 31 in the same month.
[Kelce] “I want to play here for my entire career because of the support we get from this city,” Kelce told reporters in Miami. | [Mahomes] 6 MORE YEARS!!!!!!! https://t.co/6oCYYwajak pic.twitter.com/vE6QkfO7t9 | [Hardman] Congrats Trav!!! Great player and even better teammate! @ Arrowhead Stadium https://t.co/y7zGZYuIWh
“Back on March 30th, the Chiefs had exactly $171—yes $171—in salary cap space,” Yates wrote. “Since then, they’ve signed Patrick Mahomes to a record-setting 10-year extension and Travis Kelce and Chris Jones to huge 4-year extensions. Cap gurus Brandt Tilis and Chris Shea have worked magic.”
Per Over the Cap, the Chiefs had $13,921,310 in 2020 cap space Thursday. That figure includes terms for Mahomes’ deal: a 10-year, $450 million contract extension.
The Chiefs’ cap number is currently listed at $14,761,489 for 2021.
The Kelce deal, which amounts to a four-year, $57 million extension, kicks in for 2022. His cap number for 2020 sat at $11,218,400 and $9,000,000 for 2021.
It’s not brave or exciting to say that the Chiefs could take advantage of a nonexistent offseason and sprint to the finish line again. Without offseason media access it’s difficult to determine nebulous factors like complacency, but the roster did a fine job of solidifying itself in the offseason and adding a top-flight running back who could diversify the scheme in rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. When you have a coach/quarterback combination like Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes it’s difficult to project a plateauing given one’s ability (and willingness) to create and one’s ability to embody those advancements.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be Offensive Rookie of the Year
I think it’s safe to say that there hasn’t been another offensive rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs with this much hype in the last decade other than Patrick Mahomes himself. The fact the defending Super Bowl Champions took a running back in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was initially surprising, but local and national media alike have latched onto the potential of Clyde Edwards-Helaire.